Ola Sigurdson, professor of systematic theology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden is on the podcast to talk about the English translation of his book Heavenly Bodies: Incarnation, the Gaze, and Embodiment in Christian Theology. Ola engages the Christian tradition’s conversation around incarnation, contemporary philosophy, ontology, and politics of the body, and gives creative readings and intersectional engagements with all sorts of disciplines. In the book, he tries to work out what it means to experience yourself as an embodied agent. It’s creative, inspiring, thought-provoking, and challenging.

In the interview you’ll learn a little bit about Ola and his interest in Christian theology, how

Nietzsche inspired the book, what it would mean to understand the incarnation from an experiential perspective, and how the early church’s theological conversations about the incarnation change when read through phenomenological categories.

Ola introduces the gaze, a way to understand the senses incarnationally and relationally, the role of liturgy in cultivating the gaze, and how our understanding of ethics is shaped by incarnation. You’ll also want to check out another book by Ola, Theology and Marxism in Eagleton and Žižek: A Conspiracy of Hope